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Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43

Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"

Comment Martial Arts (Score 1) 635

I joined three gyms in 5-6 years and never stuck with it for more than 3 months, wasting the rest of the year's membership. Then, I decided to get into martial arts (partly as a family activity). A decent school with good master instructors will keep you motivated. There's always a new goal ahead of you: your next belt promotion, that new technique you saw the senior students practicing, new opportunities, etc. I've stuck with it for 6.5 years now, earning a 2nd dan in taekwondo and have been training in various Korean sword techniques for the past 3 years. When I started, I was around 215#, now I hover around 185-190# which is appropriate for my height and body type.

You just have to carve time out of your schedule. I drop my older son off at school around 7:15, work from 8-5, train immediately after work 2-3 days a week and still have time to cook dinner, attend soccer practices, help with homework and so on. The big difference is that I watch little TV any more ... and don't really miss it.

Comment Re:MN-Presidential wasn't why I voted (Score 1) 821

Good luck. Our Republican state legislature figured out a way to get our anti-gay-rights amendment on the ballot during the primaries which a) have notoriously low voter turnout and b) didn't have a Democratic race for president, further limiting the liberal vote. It probably didn't make a huge difference in the end, but it shows the lengths conservatives will go to in order to shove their morals down everyone else's throats.

Comment Re:Funny business across the country (Score 1) 821

If you can find some links that show Republicans up to shenanigans by all means post them.

I'm too bored to do much digging, but I read this one about an hour ago. That said, maybe it isn't being perpetrated by R ... maybe a D is behind it in an effort to make it look like an R.

In either case, there's lots of shenanigans going on by both major parties. Don't act so surprised.

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